Training and Assessment for the BC Level 1 Coach

The British Canoeing Level 1 Coach is the first step on the paddlesport coaching pathway, and the entry point for most paddlesport coaches. The course prepares coaches, for running taster sessions, coaching introductory core skills, coaching paddlers in a variety of craft and coaching in sheltered and very sheltered water conditions, normally with the support of a more qualified coach.

The Certificate in Coaching Paddlesport develops the foundation coaching skills that underpin coaching practice. Specifically, it introduces the fundamentals of safe, ethical and effective paddlesport coaching and is available as a bank-based or a boat-based qualification. The qualification is not discipline specific and is suitable for coaches who work with paddlers from any of the competitive and recreational paddlesport disciplines.


The Level 1 Coach will be based from our site in North Devon, but will also lakes and rivers across North Devon. The next Level 1 training and assessment is scheduled for 27th to the 31st March 2017. The Level 1 training and assessment costs £200 per person, a discounted rate of £200 is available for students (in full time education). We are able to provide accommodation on site for both the Level 1 Training and Assessment, please ask for further information. Further dates will be added throughout the year, for more information look at our training schedule.

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A training course looks like this;

The Level 1 qualification involves a minimum 32-hours contact time.

On the course coaches will develop the ability to plan, deliver and review short coaching sessions in a safe, ethical and effective manner.

To this end the course will cover ‘how to coach’ skills alongside technical understanding of ‘what to coach’, specifically relating to the skills that beginners need.

How to Coach:
The course covers aspects of these ‘how to coach’ skills:

Coach’s role and responsibilities. Planning coaching activities. Session preparation. Delivering coaching activities. Evaluating and reviewing paddlesport coaching activities. Technical, tactical, physical, psychological aspects of paddlesport. Safety.

What to Coach:
The course focuses on how to coach introductory core skills:

Fundamental Paddlesport Skills (Posture, Connectivity, Power Transfer, and Feel). Lifting and carrying. Launching and landing. Forward paddling. Reverse paddling. Stopping (forward and backwards). Steering, turning and manoeuvring. Moving sideways.

An assessment course looks like this;

By embedding formative and summative assessment methods into the training course programme, a Level 1 candidate will build up evidence of their competencies using the Assessment Portfolio.
By the end of the course the candidate will need to have completed four Assessment Tasks:

Task 1 Rescue Skills
Task 2 Personal Skills (boat-based coaches only)
Task 3 Practical Coaching (planning, delivery, safety, and review)
Task 4 Training Course Workbook

Upon successful completion of each of these tasks the course provider will recommend the candidate for certification.

What does it Cost?

The BC Level 1 Coach training and Assessment costs £275 per person, a discounted rate of £200 is available for students (in full time education). We are able to provide accommodation on site for both the Training and Assessment, please ask for further information.


• You must be at least 16 years old (18 at assessment)
• You must have completed the Foundation Safety and Rescue Training prior to attending this training course.
• You must also have completed the British Canoeing 2 Star (or higher) in Canoe and Kayak or Paddlepower Discover
• You must be registered for the Level 1 Certificate in Coaching Paddlesport with British Canoesing and costs £39 for British Canoeing members or £55 for non-members.

Need any more Information?

If you’ve still got any questions or want to talk through this qualification is appropriate for you, or to book please contact Mark Garland directly on 07973 910120 or e-mail

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